Mike Adams

Dear Dr. Adams:

I am writing this letter in a state of frustration and disenchantment, but also, I believe, in a state of enlightenment.  Friday evening I was preparing for a weekend vacation, and I was trying to decide what reading material I would take with me.  I thought about your book and headed for the nearest bookstore.  Rather than waiting until I was lounging on the beach, I began reading about five minutes outside of Wilmington.  After browsing through the Table of Contents, I could not help but immediately turn to those chapters that most sparked my interest (e.g., ?Smile! You?re On Councilwoman?s Camera?).

I made it through the better portion of the book before I ever checked into my hotel that Saturday afternoon, and I seriously considered canceling my plans to go out that evening so I could finish the book. I understand that you are incredibly busy right now, but I hope that you will find the time to read this attempt to explain how much I appreciated your honest, direct writing, and the effect it has had on my own opinions and views.

I do not know if you were aware of this when I was a student, but I was a self-proclaimed ?Liberal.?  While I was too immature at the time I entered college to have developed my own valid political ideals, I had grown up in a very small, conservative southern town.  Obviously, this had an impact on what I thought I believed.  Upon my arrival at the first university I attended, I began to encounter what I later came to understand were liberals.  At this particular university they are generally found in the form of irregularly-bathed, shoeless Hippies (that includes both professors and students).  The students? liberal arguments were not exactly persuasive to me, but the professors seemed to share what I considered to be radical opinions. 

Bear in mind, this is my first personal contact with Ph.D.s.  I naturally assumed, since these individuals were the most highly educated people I had ever met, and they were chosen by university administrators and faculty to teach me, their ideals must be correct.  For a majority of my college career I was bombarded with liberal ideology, and I was nearly consumed by those ideals until I met my fianc?who convinced me to ?change the channels,? if you will, to watch Fox & Friends rather than Today on NBC.

Mike Adams

Mike Adams is a criminology professor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and author of Letters to a Young Progressive: How To Avoid Wasting Your Life Protesting Things You Don't Understand.